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What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield' 

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Updated November 5, 2019 147 votes 34 voters 1.6k views 34 items

List Rules Vote up the films and series you know other fans of 'The Shield' will love. Please don’t vote if you haven’t seen 'The Shield'.

The Shield kept viewers on the edge of their seats with intense crime drama, so it's no surprise that you’d be on the hunt for similar shows to watch after bingeing the entire series. Well, search no more, because this list has some of the best recommendations for movies and TV shows similar to The Shield.

Deciding what to watch after The Shield really depends on your mood, but if you’re looking for more shows about law enforcement, corrupt cops, and criminals, Breaking Bad is a series about a high school chemistry teacher who decides to cook meth with one of his former students following a terminal diagnosis that you’ll almost certainly love if you like The Shield.

Some other movies and TV shows like The Shield in this list are movies like The Departed, which is centered around corrupt cops and a criminal organization with its own people sitting behind a badge. Deadwood is another good TV series that deals with law enforcement in a town on the frontier back in the 19th century. Other good TV and movies recommended for The Shield fans include Justified, Sons of Anarchyand The Sopranos.

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'
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Sons of Anarchy is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley. The show centers on protagonist Jackson "Jax" Teller, initially the vice president of the club, who begins questioning the club and himself. Sons of Anarchy premiered on September 3, 2008, on cable network FX. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'
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The Wire is an American drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the premium cable network HBO in the United States. The Wire premiered on June 2, 2002, and ended on March 9, 2008, comprising 60 episodes over five seasons. Each season of The Wire introduces a different institution in the city of Baltimore. ...more on Wikipedia

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'
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Justified is an American television drama series developed by Graham Yost. It is based on Elmore Leonard's short story. Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a tough U.S. Marshal enforcing his own brand of justice in his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky. The series is set in Lexington and in the Appalachian mountains area of eastern Kentucky, specifically in and around Harlan. Justified premiered on March 16, 2010, on the FX network. The show was renewed for a second season, which premiered on February 9, 2011. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What to Watch If You Love 'The Shield'
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The Sopranos is an American drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his organization. These are often highlighted during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The series features Tony's family members and colleagues and rivals in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife Carmela and protégé Christopher Moltisanti. ...more on Wikipedia

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